The Explorer Family

The Explorer Family

It is always a pleasure to see the faces of Ursla, Izzy, Ben, Jennifer, Pat and Walter walk down the dock. Ben, Izzy and Ursla (the kids) always stump me with questions and answers.  The kids are excellent shellers, and sometimes a little competitive. Jennifer has a very good eye for finding shells just off the radar. (maybe that’s where her kids get this from.) We had two excellent days of shelling with many highlights. Ben found many crown conchs. Lizzy  found horse conchs and crown conchs. Jennifer found many beautiful orange scallops. Ursula, well… She needed to wash the sand off her hands so I went with her to wash her hands off in the surf. When she finished washing her hands a lions paw washed up. (I guess it was a good time to wash your hands) It was a great two days of shelling with the explorer family. I look forward to our trips in March and April.       Capt. Brian

Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

  • Kathy H
    Posted at 11:32h, 08 January

    Wow. The family had a great day(s) to be on the water. The spikes on the Kings crown in the photo were wonderful. And the worm shells were cool. And finding both a flat scallop and a lions paw….how special. Great shelling!

  • Gail Douglas
    Posted at 01:29h, 10 January

    Thanks for the beautiful photos. I'm just sitting here with single digit temps outside, transporting my mind to the warmth of SW Florida! Wonderful finds, especially the paw!

  • Morgan
    Posted at 21:39h, 15 January

    How cool! Look how low that tide is. What a fun trip.